Cadogan Hall hosted the concert for the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra with Jan Latham-Koenig conducting. We were there to capture the day.
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes with readings from George Crabbe’s poem The Borough
Shostakovich Hamlet, Op. 116a for actors and orchestra (arr. Jan Latham-Koenig)
Opening with the evocative wind-swept shores of Peter Grimes’ fishing village in coastal Suffolk, this programme deftly switches from the UK to Russia and back again. Rachmaninov’s thrilling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini stared pianist Pavel Kolesnikov who showed off his virtuosity, before Shostakovich told the story of Hamlet performed by Freddie Fox & Edward Fox. The second half was introduced by Prince Micheal of Kent.
‘Here is a poet of the keyboard’(The Guardian on Pavel Kolesnikov)
An orchestra comprised of British and Russian talent performs music of their homelands in this unique concert programme.
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